The Prophecies

A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text

The Prophecies book cover
Add The Prophecies to Goodreads

The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's Prophecies, newly translated and edited by prizewinning scholars

The mysterious quatrains of the sixteenth-century French astrologer Nostradamus have long proved captivating for their predictions. Nostradamus has been credited with anticipating the Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Today, as the world grapples with financial meltdowns, global terrorism, and environmental disasters—as well as the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse on December 21, 2012—his prophecies of doom have assumed heightened relevance.

How has The Prophecies outlasted most books from the Renaissance? This edition considers its legacy in terms of the poetics of the quatrains, published here in a brilliant new translation and with introductory material and notes mapping the cultural, political, and historical forces that resonate throughout Nostradamus's epic, giving it its visionary power.

From the Hardcover edition.


“Everybody knows about Nostradamus, but few have read him. Richard Sieburth’s glittering translation rescues one of the world’s most arcane texts from the realm of hearsay, and renders its strange poetry palpable and moving.” —John Ashbery, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

“I devoured this book in one ecstatic sitting and am already eager to do so again. Nostradamus’s Prophecies is an indispensable classic—enigmatic, captivating, and uncannily prescient. In Richard Sieburth’s elegant translation, it is also hauntingly beautiful.” —Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and Terror and Its Discontents: Suspect Words in Revolutionary France

“Is Nostradamus a poet? The form in which he wrote—dark astrological visions of world events—is not one of poetry’s frequent modes, though he anticipates the resounding malarkey of Yeats. But it takes a poet to create such haunting, resonant, and mysterious quatrains.” —Richard Wilbur, former U.S. poet laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

“Astrologically speaking, no prophecies are closer to what the Dada and Surrealist spirit holds sacred than the Centuries of Nostradamus, whose mysterious enigmas are here rendered sparkling, all these centuries later.” —Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

“The avant-garde occult classic The Prophecies of Nostradamus has found its ideal translator in Richard Sieburth, and Sieburth and Stéphane Gerson have provided superb introductions and notes. . . . The Prophecies is riddled with riot, predicting a panoply of possible futures while all the time registering the trauma of its historical moment and, against all odds, our own.” —Charles Bernstein, author of All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems

Disaster Falls

A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away   On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane… More

Disaster Falls

A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane Gerson’s… More